Bluestone Software launched a stripped down version of its Sapphire/Web application server at the Java Business Expo in New York this week to try and seed the market for new developers.
The company is positioning XMLServer as an application server for running Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) based packages, but one which, unlike rival offerings, it claims, uses XML as its data communication mechanism.
The product is targetted at ISVs and developers on corporate projects wanting to try it out and can be downloaded from the firm?s Web site at www.bluestone.com from January, for a free 30 day trial.
John Capobianco, Bluestone?s senior vice president of corporate marketing, said: ?We?re putting out a low-cost, entry level version of Sapphire/WEb for ISVs and corporate developers, but if users want to upgrade to the full-blown product they can. XMLServer comes with load-balancing and the state server portions of Sapphire/Web, but does not include the development, applications management and integration modules.?
If users decide to purchase XMLServer, they will be charged $2,995 per CPU. Sapphire/Web, however, starts at $25,000 for three developers and a runtime license.
Capobianco added that Bluestone now intends to go public next year, after delaying flotation plans in the first quarter of this year due to the volatility of the markets.
?We want three to four quarters of predictable revenues before we go public. You can get people to take you public quite easily because Internet stocks are hot, but if you miss your figures, your stock tanks,? he explained.
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